Details revealed for relaunch of Knightsbridge stalwart Sale e Pepe

By Joe Lutrario

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Details revealed for relaunch of Knightsbridge restaurant Sale e Pepe

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More details have been released for the relaunch of Sale e Pepe as the Knightsbridge restaurant gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Sloane Square venue - which was acquired by Los Mochis owner the Thesleff Group early last year​ - will close for a major overhaul in January ahead of a February reopening. 

The redesign will be led by luxury interior design studio Hamilford Design and will reflect the evolution of the brand while keeping ‘traditional Italian trattoria and old-school hospitality at the heart’.

Similarly, the menu will be updated to reflect the true ‘Italian famiglia style’ of sharing primi and secondi, with Sale e Pepe classics such as the vitello Milanese and linguine all’aragosta reimagined into larger dishes to be taken by the whole table.

Toni Corricelli opened Sale e Pepe on Pavilion Road in 1974 and managed the restaurant for over 45 years. During this time, celebrity guests have included Rod Stewart, Sir Roger Moore, Priscilla Presley and Ringo Starr. 

A series of celebrations are planned that will ‘pay homage to the restaurant’s rich legacy and its contribution to London’s dining scene’.

“We feel privileged to carry on Toni’s legacy and serve the loyal patrons of this restaurant,” says Thesleff group founder Markus Thesleff. “It will be equal parts exhilarating and intimidating to unveil the new Sale e Pepe. Our aim is to breathe new life into the restaurant while also paying homage to its rich history. We’re confident that Toni and his customers will be as thrilled as we are with the transformation.”

Thesleff will open a Los Mochis site in The City early next year​ bringing his portfolio of London restaurants up to three. He also operates high-end cocktail bar Viajante87, which is located close to Los Mochis in Notting Hill.

Earlier this week the group announced that it was to launch an ambitious omakase counter​ within its original Los Mochis site. 

In addition to his London restaurants, the Finland-born Thesleff runs a number of high-profile restaurant concepts in the Middle East. 

A full interview with Thesleff will be published next month. 

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